Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oil study #158: Out of the Shadows

After a few days of finding excuses for not painting: my still life stand wasn't high enough, the light wasn't right (i.e. the one that Qiang Huang was using ;), I couldn't make a setup that was inspiring, etc... I decided to go simple and try some oranges with a dark background.

I like the translucency of the front orange wedge and the lost edge of the orange in the back with the background. Otherwise I may have overworked it a little... there is not much life to it. What do you think?
Oil on canvas panel, 6 x 8"

6 comments:

Linda said...

Nice painting! The orange slices are beautiful and the shadows are, too.

Ralph said...

What a tremendous pastel. You have captured everything so well.

Holly said...

I really like this one Johanne! I love the translucency of the orange slice. And I love the simplicity. How long does it take you to paint a still life, and how long to set it up?

BJ said...

You definitely have a way with oranges! I really like this one.

Johanne Morin said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Welcome back Holly :) I can work for a 3 hour block. After that I get tired and I'm ready for something else. So if I spend too much time on the setup (which can take me a few minute up to almost one hour) then I have less time to paint. When I'll get to know better what I'm doing I'll try to speed up my time. But I'm not their yet :)

Regina Calton Burchett said...

This is not just pretty, it's very interesting too. Kind of a path there, from the lovely orange piece in the front leading you back. I love it!